IT'S ALL IN THE MUSIC by Doris Monteux


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A fragrant packet of memorabilia from Mme. Monteux tells ""of Pierre Monteux, conductor of orchestras and teacher of youth; and of myself, his oft-needed excess baggage; and of our interesting life together."" As with her Everyone is Someone (p. 800, 1962), Mme. Monteux relies on a device to communicate her reminiscences, this time told in the form of letters to a dear friend. A kind of laden lyricism prevails, punctuated by Monteux' frequent, triumphant exclamation ""Ha, ha!"" Mme. Monteux tells of his childhood, the early years in Paris, the years with Diaghilev and Stravinsky (""Only Monteux will conduct my music"") when Le Sacre du Printemps secured his reputation while scanlizing Parisian audiences. Then come the years with the Metropolitan when Gatti-Casazza reigned, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra where he introduced and admired Roland Hayes, a return to Europe and the Concertgebouw, conducting in San Francisco, Israel, London, and the last trip to Winterhaven in Hancock, Maine. ""When I see Brahms, I must apologize to him for the way I have played his beautiful music,"" he said as he lay dying. But the great man who considered himself a ""romanesque"" possessed considerable, joie de vivre and it is this one carries away, despite the scented style. Perhaps, as Mme. Monteux suggests, ""it's all in the music,"" and one must turn there for the most intimate portrait. The appendices which include a discography along with eight musts and twelve don'ts for young conductors, and a list of Monteux' premieres offer that prospect.

Pub Date: Oct. 11th, 1965
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux